During tough economic times, Plateau Outreach Ministries (POM) has become a beacon of hope and support for those in Enumclaw.
Valuing the dignity of each person they serve, POM was established in 1998 and is designed to provide comprehensive basic needs assistance for those who seek to move out of crisis. That could mean help paying a heating bill, accessing food or paying for medical prescriptions. POM case managers also help clients leverage benefits to see what other resources they may be eligible for.
While the food banks are available without the need for case management, what POM calls their “Samaritan Services” are handled through case management. Once someone seeks support from POM, they’re paired with a case manager who will work directly with the client to assess their level of need. These compassionate case managers are able to provide eligibility based assistance in the form of vouchers and pledges.
The success of POM’s service relies heavily on the support of community donors who play a crucial role in funding these essential programs.
Angie Adam, Director of Community Engagement, says that POM has been able to continue making a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing economic challenges through community support.
“This year, we’ve already given more than we had at this time last year. For those donating items, money or time, our hope is that they know that their generosity is making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we help. We couldn’t do what we do without people who give,” Adam says.
Through a community first approach, POM owns and operates its own thrift store and two food bank locations open to the public. However, as was just announced on Dec. 20, POM is excited to be moving their food bank locations to one larger location.
The proceeds from the More Pennies From Heaven thrift store help cover the costs of running the organization, allowing donations from the community to go directly to those in need.
While the POM thrift store operates Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the food bank serves the public at the following times:
Cole Street Food Bank
- When: Monday to Wednesday, 9 to 11:45 a.m.
- Where: 1350 Cole St.
Marshall Street Food Bank
- When: Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to noon.
- Where: 1806 Cole St.
In an emergency, POM staff encourage anyone who needs supplies or immediate assistance to reach out Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.